This was the one thing that my ten-year-old daughter wanted in the entire store. It retails for $20. And, while this is a hair-do I can do, it's not one that she can. (And, it's not one I can do as quickly as popping this on.)
We got the brown bun for Molly and it's a good match.
It was easy to put in and seems to be fairly sturdy. It's been hairsprayed, so I don't think the braids will come out or fray. It seems as if it will stay neat-looking for a long time. There are two combs attached to the wig--one to go under the "looped ponytail" and one to go on top. I don't think it would stay in well at all if all you only used the combs, but with the addition of two little bobby pins (you can see them in the photos) it's very secure.
Ours was quite roomy and would have easily accommodated a thicker wig.
Here are some photos, but please keep in mind that I spent about 30 seconds putting this in. If I'd taken the time to do a better ponytail to start, it would have looked even better. Still, my target-aged daughter is thrilled!
I had a different experience with the chic bun. No mattter how I manipulated the bun, I could not get it to lay flat against the dolls head. It was very frustrating to me, and my daughter disliked it almost instantly (after wanting it very badly after watching the website video). I also find it to be too big for the dolls head. It just does not look right. We were, overall, just very disappointed and sent the bun back for a refund.
I had originally bought the Chic Bun for Marie Grace, and chose caramel because AG calls MG’s hair caramel also. Well, I wanted to let everyone know that it doesn’t match. It’s really significantly lighter. Fortunately, I do think it’s fine for Elizabeth, although it’s slightly darker than her own hair. You can judge from the pics, but I think it works well.
I really love the way it looks. It’s very elegant for a regency look! It would also work well for Victorian costumes, if set slightly lower.
Also, here’s a little tip. I have two daughters who did/are doing competitive cheerleading. Hair pieces were de rigueur until about five years ago, so I have quite a bit of experience with fitting hairpieces on to stay. The key is, first make a bun with the “real hair”, and then wrap it in a hair net. Keeping twisting the hair net and wrapping it around the bun again until the “real hair” bun is as tight and small as possible. Then add the hair piece. If necessary, add a bobby pin on each side for better hold.
I did it quickly for these pics, so it’s not as good as it could have been, but if you take your time, it will be perfect. I did add the extra bobby pins, as the combs didn’t hold as well as I would have liked, but it was my first time using it.
I think the Chic Bun is perfectly adorable. I give it an “A-”!
Last Edit: Aug 10, 2013 14:33:39 GMT -5 by gatormom
I bought this bun for McKenna (who is my twin doll) so I got Caramel.
I definitely struggled trying to put it on with the "looped ponytail": McKenna's hair is literally impossible for this. It's an awkward length and SO thick - she had to have a bun. Which worked way nicer. If I was younger, I think I would have really struggled putting this on.
Instructions: They're also in French, which I think is really weird..
Overall, I love it on and I think it's really cute, it was just weird to figure out how to get the clips to work and everything!
Last Edit: Jan 4, 2016 14:42:06 GMT -5 by Jenn: updated broken photos
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When the Chic Bun first came out it was my least favorite of the hairpieces, I thought it looked goofy, more like a Marie Antoinette hairstyle than a bun! But member photos looked much better than the promos, and so I decided to buy it for my custom Lydia doll. Her hair was definitely long enough to make a bun, but it had a lot of flyaways and frankly I got sick of trying to make a bun look nice on my own!
I bought mine from Ebay after it was discontinued from AG for...$7 shipped! And that is a waaaaayyyy better price than the $20 AG asked. I think I would pay up to $10-12. The bun is very nicely made and easy to use. I didn't attempt the looped ponytail, I just followed the instructions in the other reviews upthread, attaching the Chic Bun over a doll's bun and adding the hairpins to help keep the piece secure. With just the combs the hairpiece does have a tendency to gape. I think AG should have "suggested" using bobby pins on the package even if they didn't include them.
I bought brown, which is basically the same hair color of dolls like Molly, #7, or #23. It is a close match for my Lydia's non-AG wig, a bit shinier and a bit redder. However, it is not too much of a problem to me as even the official hairpieces for Caroline and Josefina don't match those dolls' hair exactly either. The hairpiece is sort of glued to stay in place. I would keep it away from Velcro in storage because that could easily damage the style and I don't see a good way to fix it, but otherwise it looks pretty sturdy. The braids are a nice touch and work well for a modern or historic style but I wished they crossed in an X instead of an awkward Y-shape.
It looks kind of silly from the side but when I make a bun with Lydia's own hair it is about that big anyway. And it definitely doesn't look as exaggerated as on the packaging.
I'm glad I took a chance on the Chic Bun, I agree with the review above that says it is totally adorable! I would give it an A-!
Post by QNPoohBear on Aug 15, 2019 19:44:48 GMT -5
This is a really bad design. A friend took it out of the package and tried it on her doll. She didn't like it so she mailed it loose to me. Many of the little pieces of hair came untucked and are nearly impossible to get back inside the bun. I had to use a lot of bobby pins. It isn't an easy hairpiece to put on over a small bun/looped ponytail. It needs multiple bobby pins to hold it in place and is not all that secure.
It looks nice on Addy but the texture of the hair is too smooth and the color not quite right.